DIY Life-Size 'Hocus Pocus' Witches Halloween Decoration

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Up your spooky yard game for Halloween by recreating three of the most delightfully wicked sisters to grace a movie screen. Fans of the movie ‌Hocus Pocus‌ will immediately recognize the Sanderson sisters as the centerpiece of your front lawn when they see the green, red and purple capes.

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Make these DIY Halloween decorations even more eerie by adding a few props like a bubbling cauldron and some magical brooms made from branches. These ghostly figures are quick and inexpensive to create and will startle even the most hardy of your friends and neighbors. Careful, though — Winifred, Sarah and Mary just might put a spell on you and make you dance all night.

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Things You'll Need

  • 3 plastic grocery bags

  • 3 old sheets or newspapers

  • 3 fence posts

  • Tape

  • 3 pieces of black fabric (3 yards or more)

  • Black yarn

  • Green, purple and red fabric (or tablecloths)

  • Green, purple and red ribbon

  • 3 brooms

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Tip

Check out your local thrift stores for fabric, sheets or tablecloths for this project. There are usually loads of options at very reasonable prices hanging around these stores. Another way to save some money when creating this project would be to use social media and check to see if anyone has some fabric or tablecloths you could borrow.

Fill Bags for this 'Hocus Pocus' Decor

Fill each grocery bag with bunched-up old bedsheets or newspapers for the three heads. Though not as common in the film, consider adding witch hats to your ‌Hocus Pocus‌ Halloween craft.

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Determine Your Witches' Locations

Drive three fence posts into the ground where you'd like each of your witches to stand.

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Make the Witches' Heads

Place the filled grocery bag upside down on top of the fence post and secure the bottom of the bag to the post with tape to create a head.

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Drape Fabric over the Bags

Drape a black piece of fabric over the bag and tie a piece of yarn to create a neck. Then drape a green piece of fabric or a green tablecloth over the head to create a cape. Tie a green ribbon around the neck to keep it in place. Repeat this for the purple and red witches.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington
Image Credit: Beth Huntington
Image Credit: Beth Huntington

Pin the Witches Together

To make your witches look like they are holding hands, clip the cloaks together with clothespins.

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Add a Bunch of 'Hocus Pocus' Halloween Decor

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Place some creepy props around your scene, such as whimsical brooms made from sticks and twine. A cauldron hanging from a tripod made from branches adorned with a small skull will add a ghostly ambiance. For an extra spooky touch, place orange lights and firewood under the cauldron, which you can make bubble with some fog made from dry ice or a fog machine. Prop a ‌Hocus Pocus‌ spell book beside the cauldron. You never know what types of spells the Sanderson sisters can cast to spark an amazing Halloween party or inspire you with more fun party decoration ideas.

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This elevated Halloween front porch decor will send your neighbors screaming! Now that I think of it, does anything about this DIY project make you hear, off in the distance, a sinister voice saying, "I smell children" as kids come by to trick or treat?

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Happy Halloween!

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